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Medina on a Plate

Must try local flavors

A feast of locally grown produce

Shorbat Hub

Meat and tomatoes pair well in a soup, and that's the combination that Shorbat Hub promises. Hub translates to grains in a traditional Hijazi home. The air feels filled with comfort and warmth when a bowl of Shorbat Hub is placed on the table. It's usually served with vinegar and onion sauce.


Medini Rice

The rice has a slightly sweet tang due to the massive amounts of raisins and carrots used in its preparation. It is often served with rotisserie chicken on top with a side of duggus (tomato salsa). This rice dish is a city favorite that you must try.


Makhtoom Bamia Okra with Yogurt and Saffron

The meat is fried with spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, bay leaf, black lemon, and onions until they soften. After which, garlic, hot pepper, then tomato are added into the mix. The dish's star is the delicious okra that cooks with the meat for a hearty plate.


Samboosak Buff

The buff is a semi-circular samosa that is stuffed with different fillings but the most popular being minced meat. It is a staple on the Ramadan table and often eaten upon breaking one's fast.



Buraik is a layered dough pastry made with different fillings, the most common being cheese and mint. It is baked in an oven that creates its crispy exterior while being soft and gooey inside.



A bread that is very similar to a bagel, you don't have to wait for breakfast to have it, as it can accompany your evening tea equally well. 


Baladi Salad

This salad is a mishmash of the easiest veggies that one can lay their hands on – think tomatoes, cucumber and parsley. It's generally not accompanied by any dressing that gives it a very raw taste.


Spinach Kebabs

This kabab does the unthinkable—it adds a vegetable and even rice to a kebab. But surprisingly, spinach, rice, and minced meat pair perfectly well together.



In the Hijaz region, the variety of sweets is mind-boggling. Those fond of sweets will find themselves going to sweet shop after sweet shop to discover something new. Once you've had your first bite of this crunchy sweet pastry, you'll find yourself craving for more.



While this pancake type bread isn't exclusive to Medina as it's also popular in Somalia on the other side of the Red Sea, it has become a staple of the city's cuisine.



Turomba is a dessert usually eaten after a large meal, like Mandi or Kabsa. It's light and doughy from the inside yet has a crunchy texture from the outside. The dessert also pairs perfectly with hot tea.


Red Tea With Mint

Red tea with mint may seem like a staple found anywhere else, but the specialty here lies in the mint used in it. Madinah's mint is well-known for its intense aroma. Visitors to the city can often carry bundles back with them. Twigs of locally grown mint are added to red tea giving it a strong minty flavor, which is believed to aid in digestion.